Transcript for 'Lighthouse Parenting' May Be the Best Way to Raise Strong Children
You've heard of tiger moms. Helicopter parenting. Even elephant parenting. I think we've covered that so now there's something called lighthouse parenting that people are saying may be the best way to raise your kids. It's featured in a book from the American academy of pediatrics all about guiding your children as they travel through rough waters. ABC's juju Chang has details. Reporter: They ma jestically dot the coastline guiding ships safely to port but what can they teach us about raising teens? We want to be beacons of lie on a stable shoreline from which they can safely navigate the world. Reporter: Dr. Kenneth Ginsberg said it's a strategy teaching them how to navigate the murky waters of adolescence. Sometimes kids need to learn from failure. Reporter: Something Clair and Phil struggle with on "Modern family"? Such a pleasure getting to know Kenny it's our treat. Are you kidding? No. Give them your credit card. You are going to let me go with him. Reporter: But in the pant yon of parenting techniques what makes lighthouse parents different from tiger moms or helicopter dads? Extreme models of parenting are not the way to raise your kids. Love, protection and letting your kids learn from failure. That's how people grow. Reporter: To research his book he went to the Truex perts, teens, even co-writing with his own twin teen daughters. Kids know what it's going to take to help them thrive. Reporter: For many, the teen years can be frightening but Marty says lighthouse parenting has helped guide her and her four sons. It focuses on the relationship, not having all the answers but problem solving with them as they face things. If I do make a mistake or if I do mess up and I need their help, I know I can count on them. Reporter: How does a parent become a lighthouse? Start by making sure your children know they are loved unconditionally. Then set your expectations on character, not performance. You hold them to the expectations of morality and character you know lies within them. Reporter: Most importantly, strive to strike a balance between protection and guidance. When we raise kids in a balanced way we're going to raise kids who are going to be successful when they're 35. Reporter: For "Good morning America," juju Chang, ABC news, New York. Soups very reasonable. Makes a lot of sense. Yeah. Perfect. Just a reminder, elephant parenting is nurturing, the opposite. We were all asking. Yeah. There's been so many. So this sounds like sort of an in the middle. I like the lighthouse. We'll move on.
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